Jefferson County SRO honored
Maurice Solomon (left) recently received the President Award from Mike Barnes with the Tennessee School Resource Officer’s Association for his outstanding work in the Jefferson County School System.
Jefferson County School Resource Officer Maurice Solomon was honored during a recent Jefferson County School Board meeting for his outstanding work in the field.
Over the summer, Solomon was given the President’s Award from the Tennessee School Resource Officers Association out of a pool of 300 other SROs.
The award is presented to a peace officer whose actions go above and beyond the call of duty to educate and protect members of his student community.
Solomon has been the SRO at Rush Strong School for nine years. He has been with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for 16 years.
In addition to his duties at the school, Solomon restarted the D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs at Rush Strong and also Jefferson Middle School.
Solomon said he has great pride in his job knowing that he may be walking away having helped a child.
“It’s been a wonderful experience. Sometimes you got to be the bad guy in order to help the kids. A lot of the kids just need someone to connect with and I try my best to help them,” Solomon said. “Sometimes one word can make all the difference to them if you show that you’re listening,”
Along with being an SRO, Solomon is also an assistant chief with the New Market Volunteer Fire Department and vice mayor of New Market. He and his wife, Wendy have three children.
Director of Schools Charles Edmonds said Solomon was an example of the exceptional SROs the county school system has and thanked them all for their continued effort to increase safety in the schools.
Board member Randy Bradley said, alluding to the recent school shooting in Nevada, that schools are no longer inherently a safe place to be.
“We owe a lot to the staff that keeps our students safe. I especially thank the board and the county commission for continuing to fund the SROs, realizing their importance to our safety,” Bradley said.
-From Staff Reports